Saturday, July 23, 2016

Makeover of Family Room

Our family room makeover has been about 6 months in the making, but I'm fairly happy with where it's at now.

My aim was to re-paint both our country blue suede look feature walls that are at each end of the family room with a paler blue/green colour to lighten things up.

Also our 2 brown recliners and 3 seater lounge had served us well for over 10 years, so it was also time to upgrade. This time to a lighter colour modular.

Here are a few shots.

Above: Before
Above: After



And at the other end of the room, I had our baltic pine bookshelf painted white so that it matched with the other white shelving.
Above: Before
Above: After
I'm fairly happy with how it has brightened and updated the room, even though we still have a 70's straw ceiling and combustion heater!!


We weren't sure how we would make the change from recliners to a modular but we have adjusted well....and can still doze off easily in it after tea! I use a wooden tray to put my coffee or plates on, Paul has a little table next to his end. 

We are off on a 'mini getaway' to the Adelaide Hills. 

Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

This one is for Lyn!

Yesterday we attended one of my nephews wedding and caught up with one of my sisters friend Lyn who I hadn't seen in years. As we started chatting Lyn advised me that I hadn't done a post in quite a while! It was really funny, Lyn isn't a blogger but follows my blog and many of my fellow bloggers and I had no idea! So you prompted me Lyn to get my act together and do a post!!
Here is Lyn (on the right) with one of my sisters Joy.


It was one of Joy's sons that got married....it was a lovely day.
 
A few weeks back we had friends over for dinner so I decided to make a dessert that I had seen on Pinterest. It was super easy to make but looks quite fancy! Here is the finished product (not real good photo!) See the diagonal jelly.
 
I made raspberry jelly and poured it into the glasses over some cut up strawberries and blueberries. You then place the glasses at an angle into a muffin tin and wait til it sets. You can then top it with whatever you like. I made coffee mouse and topped that with sliced bananas and crushed almonds and whipped cream.....it was very yummy.

 
I share my birthday with our 2nd grandchild, Luca, and we celebrated his first birthday a couple of weeks back with a family lunch at our local Club.
 
We have our third grandchild on the way very soon, so I have started a little something with these fabrics...will show you the finished piece once the baby has arrived.
 
Well Lyn I hope you enjoyed that, it was great to catch up after many years :)

Annette

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Delicious banana bread

I came across a banana bread recipe a couple of months back and have made it a few times since....it's delicious! Here is the link to the recipe http://thelatinahomemaker.com/cinnamon-crumble-banana-bread/ 

 
Wednesday's is a fun day when hubby and I look after our 2 grandies. Here are some pics of what we get up to!
 
 
 
 
 

Good times :)

Annette

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Painting Lucy

Meet Lucy, she was in her prime when she lived at my nanna's  house and acted as an indoor door stop. I was 10 when my nana died, so Lucy is quite old. 
 
 


MUm kept Lucy after nanna died and she ended up out in the garden. When my mum and dad moved out of their retirement home, I chose to take her. She was quite flaky and rustic,  but I quite liked her old whethered look. But a few weeks ago I decided it was time to clean her up and give her a new lease of life by painting her, so now Lucy is now proudly sitting on my bookshelf looking quite pleased with her fresh new look! 
 

I'm testing a new app for posting on my iPad, so we will see how it goes!

WOO HOO, I've finally discovered an app that works properly for posting via my iPad. You might find me posting more often now as I sit with my feet up in front of the TV at night...lol! THe app is Blogtouch pro, available on the app store

Annette

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Time in Adelaide

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in Adelaide catching up with a few of my sisters,  which is always an enjoyable time.

We shared some meals together, went out for coffee and breakfast, shopping, movies, visited Mum and a family friend, watched the sunset at Brighton/Hove and on the whole had a fun and relaxing time.

Here we are (minus our older 2 sisters who couldn't be there that night).

And then the next morning we went for coffee at a new place on The Broadway at Glenelg South. It was an old home that has been turned into a gallery/coffee shop. Each room has eclectic mixed of art works and themes...quite interesting.
I took this photo of the girls outside of the place. I can't remember what it was called!
A couple of us went and saw My Big Greek Wedding 2, which was very silly but good for a laugh as we expected it would be.
I was staying with one of my sisters which is about 400 metres from the beach so one night we headed down on dusk and caught a wonderful sunset. I couldn't stop taking photos! I think I might print a couple out on canvas and put in our family room. Haven't decided which ones yet out of the many I took. Here are a few.

Whilst down there we visited Ikea and I picked up handy shelving unit with top and legs to go into our bedroom. It took a while to put together, but am really happy with it and it's useful for that extra storage.

Ta daa!!!

That's about it for now.

Hope you have enjoyed your weekend, they seem to come and go so fast!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

A little bit of this, a little bit of that!

I can't believe how quickly this week has flown, all of a sudden it's the weekend and enjoying pottering around, watering the plants, baking, washing, watching a show or two on Foxtel (Selling Houses Australia) etc.

One of my plants that is truly performing in our outdoor entertaining area is the Devil's Ivy. It's just in a standard hanging pot, so probably pot bound, but doesn't seem to mind. I am wondering how long I should let it crawl along the ground for before I give it a trim up. What do you think?


I've recently purchased a Microfibre Spray and Glide Mop. I'm so happy with it, it has a water container attached and you press the handle to release a fine jet of water onto the floor in front of the mop. So easy and effective. Much better than the normal microfibre one I had.


Every night when I go to bed, I read and it's a favourite past time when on holidays or on weekends. 
Some of my favourite authors are Monica McInerney, Nora Roberts, Katie Fforde and Di Morrisey to name a few. I love it when I discover an author that I like and recently picked up a random book at the Library by Anna Jacobs called Peppercorn Street. It was a very enjoyable read of friendships forming from people in a neighbourhood.  I have just finished another one of hers and about to start on another. There are many more of hers in the Library.


On Wednesday, we took our grandies to our local playground and had a morning tea picnic. Here's a selfie.....It took a few goes, to get us all in the pic and Luca's not looking too happy about it! I hadn't realised Owen had given the thumbs up...lol!


Must go....time to get the washing off the line!



Sunday, March 13, 2016

A weekend away

Last weekend we went down to Adelaide. It was a great time for me catching up with family and friends while my hubby Paul, enjoyed watching the Clipsal V8 Motor Racing.  We headed down Thursday night, so I had 3 days of R&R.

Friday I met up with a couple of my sisters and we visited Mum who is in Resthaven. Poor Mum has dementia but is well looked after and cared for. We have gradually be loosing the Mum we used to know. Very sad, but thankful for the services she receives to make her life comfortable.

From Mums visit us girls went out to lunch at the Payneham Tavern where we met up with another sister and Mum's best friend and her family which we all grew up with. It was a great get together. 

After the 'long lunch' I went back with my sister 'Glenys' to her house and stayed there the night. We enjoyed some wind down drinks on their deck. Lovely!
The next morning one of my 'besties' picked me up and we went to Marion Shopping Centre where we had some lunch (delicious!), watched a movie (The Lady in the Van), did some shopping, had coffee and then went back to her place at McLaren Vale where I spent the night.
The Lady in the Van was quite good. Started off a bit slow but grew into an enjoyable movie. I can't think of anyone else who would be so suited to the 'Lady' as Maggie Smith. She was amazing.
On Sunday we enjoyed a lazy morning, wandered up the main street of McLaren Vale and then after lunch went to House and Garden on Unley Road and Burnside Village before meeting up again with Paul after the race. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend 'in the big smoke'!!

I bought this cushion from House and Garden. It is the start of purchasing a few things to go with a bit of a makeover I'm doing in the family room.

And these 2 cushions were to replace some old ones on the cane chairs I have in the office for clients. I got these from House at Marion.



Our youngest grandson Luca is 7½ months old and is on the move. From our kitchen into our family room we have 2 steps, which Luca managed to go up this week no problem! We need to teach him now how to turn around and go backwards to get down. We taught his brother Owen that and he caught on really well at an early age and whenever he needed to get off of anything he would always turnaround and go down backwards.  A good thing to learn.


 Nothing exciting on the baking front. Friday night I quite often make Pizza. This is one I made this week. A local greek lady makes the bases which are available at one of our supermarkets and they are good! Topped it with bacon, chicken, capsicum, spinach, mushrooms and mozzerella cheese. Yum!


It's a long weekend here in South Australia. One of my sisters and her husband are coming up today and staying the night.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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